By Panashe Chigumadzi (@panashechig)
A round-up of last week’s news and newsmakers from South Africa and around the world.
1. New names and pictures of missing Nigerian girls released
For the first time since the abduction of the Nigerian girls from Chibok on the 14th April, an almost comprehensive list of the girls has been created. Nigerian newspaper, ThisDay, has released new pictures and names of some of the school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram men.
The photos were supplied by Chibok community leader and the girls’ families who gave permission for their names and photographs to be put into the public domain. ThisDay journalists painstakingly collected the name and headshots of 142 girls out of the 197 who have yet to escape. Photographs of the other abducted girls have yet to be located.
With the girls missing for more than two months, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has come under severe criticism both locally and internationally for not acting fast enough and not deploying sufficient state resources to rescue the girls.
2. Lupita lands her Vogue cover
Lupita Ny’ongo has shown that indeed our dreams are valid with her cover of the July issue of Vogue US where the Oscar-winning actress, 31, wears a figure-hugging printed Prada dress in shades of purple and red.
The star is accompanied by a cover line ’Her Incredible Breakout Year’ reflecting the amazing success she has had since her Oscar-winning role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave. She has been a fashion and beauty darling landing a campaign with Miu Miu, and a contract as the first African face of Lancome cosmetics. Her upcoming projects include a role in Star Wars Episode VII, a rumored part in Southpaw withRachel McAdams andForest Whitaker, and and the film adaptation of the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, which she will produce (she has the rights to the film) and star in.
3. Die Antwoord’s Dior connection
South African Zef rap duo Die Antwoord have broken into fashion, with their ‘Enter the Ninja’ used by US director Hormony Korine for the new Dior Addict ad. In the ad, a ‘Yolandi Vi$$er-esque’ model searches for her new ‘obession’, to the words of the song.
The band, fronted by vocalists Ninja and Yolandi Vi$$er have also just wrapped filming on Neil Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi, Chappie, which was filmed in South Africa earlier this year and set to be released in early 2015.
4. Heat over Hlaudi’s Venda ‘wife’
In a media briefing Venda traditional leaders denied controversial SABC’s Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng had been given a wife as a gift. Last week, the Sowetan newspaper reported that the SABC’s Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng had been given a wife as a gift.
Representatives dismissed the allegation that ten girls were lined up for Motsoeneng, saying there were only four girls that were part of a procession, and two were ushers. A representatives said, “What is being said is not true. According to Venda law, if someone visits you, you have to give gifts.. We gave the entire SABC a cow and a calf. It was not directed to a certain somebody.”
Vanessa Mutswari, a 23-year-old student, was reportedly given to Motsoeneng as a gift. Mutswari has since said she was engaged to be married to someone else and that the 13 June report in the Sowetan was not true, had caused problems for her and almost destroyed her pending marriage.
The leaders lambasted the media for what they said was “lies made in some of your newspapers”. However, the Sowetan said it has no intention of apologising. The paper’s editor, Mpumelelo Mkhabela told the Mail & Guardian.“We stand by the story. We are not going to retract it.. If anything, the organisers of the event must apologise to women in South Africa.
in the meantime, a complaint has been lodged with the Commission for Gender Equality, it said on Tuesday.
5. Juju in Parly
Julius Malema caused a stir in Parliament last week when he accused the ANC of murdering mineworkers in Marikana. The following day, National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise asked him to leave the National Assembly after he refused to withdraw his remarks.
Modise requested the withdrawal, saying that while freedom of speech was allowed in Parliament, it was subject to limitations imposed by the constitution. To this Malema defiantly replied: “Chair, when police reduce crime you come here and say the ANC has reduced crime. When police kill people, you don’t want us to come here and say the ANC government has killed people. That is inconsistent, honourable chair.”
After refusing again, Modise asked him to leave the National Assembly.The Economic Freedom Fighters leader and his party filed out of the house, but not before switching on their mics and shouting accusations at both Modise and the ANC, saying, “The ANC murdered people” and “you were the premier when people were killed”.